Expedition Newfoundland Saint Pierre and Miquelon 2017


This is the map of the 2017 Newfoundland expedition which shows the route with the different stopovers of the Indianoak-Ibaialde fishing longboat (1) along the coast of Newfoundland before heading for  Miquelon and finally Saint Pierre.

Click here for more explicit details of the map of this region of Newfoundland.


Following the first two expeditions in 2003 and 2013 which took our fishing longboat rowers from Sept Iles to Trois Pistoles and then from Trois Pistoles to Montreal as they sailed up the Saint Lawrence river, the 2017 Newfoundland project will bring the rowers to these cold waters of northern Canada where they will this time travel along the coast of Newfoundland as well as that of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

Above and beyond the sports challenge, we wish to associate a significant culturel aspect with the expedition.

TERNUA  2017: a sports challenge


In July 2017, a mixed crew composed of rowers from the Basque Country, Saint Pierre and Miquelon and the province of Quebec will sail the waters of the south coast of Newfoundland as well as those of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, that is to say a distance of 400 kilometers to be covered in 10 stopovers. The fishing longboat will act as a link between the first Basques who landed on the North American continent in the XIVth century and the new generation of Basques, Bretons and Normans who have settled in this region. For the event, a fishing longboat made of carbon fibre will be built in the Basque Country. In order to finance the construction we invite you to symbolically purchase a part of the boat through your financial contribution. At the end of the voyage, in the name of all the donors,  the Indianoak-Ibaialde Association will donate the fishing longboat to the Basque Pelota League of Saint Pierre and Miquelon. During the expedition, the rowers from Saint Pierre will receive training in the rigours of the vessel.  They will then be able to train other rowers from Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Thus, the fishing longboat will serve as the foundation for the development of new traditional activities in the future Euskal Etxe which is to soon see the light in Saint Pierre.

TERNUA 2017 : a human adventure


Above and beyond the sports challenge, we wish to associate a significant culturel aspect with the expedition.

Our friends from Saint Pierre and Miquelon, whose concern is to revive their cultural origins, are helping us to set up a program of cultural and gastronomic exchanges in association with the expedition.

Thus, 10 musiciens will provide entertainment on our stopovers as well as at the great Basque festival in Saint Pierre. To enhance our program ,  scolastic exchanges along with exhibitions related to the Basque Diaspora and of course the promotion of our local gastronomic products are included.

Indianoak 2017: a human, cultural and sports adventure!

TERNUA 2017 : Basque gastronomy, a place of honour.


The expedition will include festive and gastronomic exchanges with the local peoples encountered along the way.

At the stopover points, culinary workshops supervised by two Basque chefs will be open to the local residents.

These workshops will give us a better chance to introduce to the local  populations, among others, our four AOPs: Quintoa pork, Irouleguy wine, Espelette chili pepper and Ossau Iraty cheese. The gastronomic delights of our friends from Hegoalde shall not be left out (cider, Navarre or Txakoli wines, paprikas…).

Local volonteers will be invited to concoct Basque recipes by integrating local products. Exchanges of the secrets of baking Basque cake and dishes typical of the local regions are on the menu. During the evening meals shared with the local people, entertainent will be provided by our singers and musicians and hopefully also by our MicMac friends or the descendants of our Basque ancestors.

All together let’s enjoy the celebrations!


(1) There is no real term in English for « trainière ». We have chosen the term fishing longboat.  Originally a « trainière » was a fishing boat used by the Basque fishermen. It was an open rowboat with 13 rowers and a helmsman on board,  used to fish small fish like sardines with a fishnet.  Speed was necessary, as the first vessel to arrive at the wharf with its catch had the best chances to sell all its produce. Hence, the origin of the modern  day rowing competition sport using  fishing longboats.